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Hi I'm Jill

I love to learn, research, ask questions and find answers. I am a cancer survivor. I am passionate about testifying of Christ.

About Me

 I'm a wife and mother. I stay at home to work in my home, caring for the house, my kids, my husband, my friends, and my neighbors. I love learning. My time is filled with family, reading, researching topics I'm curious about, cooking, and gardening. I'm interested in improving where I am and who I am however it feels right at the time.

Why I am a Mormon

 My parents and their parents and their parents and their parents and...well, our family have been members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for a long time. That said, I'm one to buck trends. Early in my life I knew Jesus loved me and my Heavenly Father created the earth, my family and myself. I knew it because I felt it - not because someone told me, but because it was right and true and felt honest. In college I hit a rut. Nothing was working out and I was frustrated with the lack of progress of my life. I dropped out of college and went home to "find myself". While home, one of my older brothers called to talk with me. He suggested I serve a mission. I didn't want to. I wanted to...well...I didn't know what I wanted to do, but I didn't think I wanted to serve a mission. We talked longer, and he told me to think and pray about it and if I chose to do it, to make sure I was only doing it for myself. I kept my mission preparations a secret for a time until everything was barreling forward at a speed that surprised me. Where nothing had been working out for me before my decision to serve a mission, now everything to prepare for the mission was coming together, no roadblocks. A few months later I entered the Missionary Training Center. In one of the classes, we were asked to write our testimonies about the Prophet Joseph Smith. Huh? Though raised in the church it had never occurred to me to seek for a testimony of individual aspects of the gospel. I believed in my heart that the teachings I had heard and practiced and lived each day of my life were true - but all in a general sense. As a whole, I knew the restored gospel of Jesus Christ was true. I didn't understand what was being asked of me. So I prayed. Right then in the middle of the class, while a room of 100 or so other missionaries were scribbling on their tablets, I bowed my head, closed my eyes and plead with the Lord in my heart to let me know if Joseph Smith really was a prophet. My intent was fervent. I wanted to act on my answer. I wanted to know, right then, right there, what was true. I already believed that God was aware of me and I knew he answered my prayers so I had complete faith he would answer this one, as quick and lacking eloquence as it was. And He did. My body felt as though it was being warmed and lit from the inside out. A smile crept into my eyes and then my mouth. I began to cry because of the joy of the answer. Joseph Smith was called of God. He saw the Father and His Son Jesus Christ just as he said he did. And then the other pieces began to fall into place as I continued to pray about everything else - the Book of Mormon, the living prophet, the restoration of the gospel, the priesthood, and the eternal nature of families. Would I see my family again after this life was over, just as I had always been taught I would? Yes. Yes! I felt as though my body were gleaming. It was undeniable. I knew it more firmly in that moment I spent begging my Father for guidance, than I had in all the years before. That knowledge, that feeling, that testimony has filled me with hope in the years that have followed. My testimony gives me hope in the middle of aching sorrow, it carries me through times when I don't think I have it in me to keep going, and it fills me with joy and an insatiable desire to improve, in big and small ways. He heard me. And He continues to hear and answer me, just as He does for all His children.

How I live my faith

My calling right now is to watch over three specific ladies in our congregation with another woman. Each month we stop by their homes, call them, send them texts, write letters, or drop off little gifts I like to bake at their homes. Sometimes we share a scripture, or our testimony, sometimes we just visit. This has been the single best way I have made friends, and it gets me out of my bubble to serve others. Our family recently moved into a new home and so we are new in our congregation. I've found that visiting these ladies in their homes is the most helpful way for me to feel like I belong in this new area. I get to know them and they get to know me in a very real and welcoming space. No pretense, just us.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Jill
Missionaries love to visit and meet new people. They'll ask about you and your family. They might ask if you've always lived in the area or if you moved here. It's not just missionaries, but members of the Church love to find common ground - have we ever visited some of the same places? Do we have similar likes or dislikes? They want to get to know you - not just your address. Then they'll talk with you about the basics of our beliefs - God and Jesus Christ, prophets, prayer, and priesthood. And they will listen to you. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Jill
I believe in the Bible because it testifies of Christ and calls us to come to him. I love the Old Testament and the many stories of people who seek to follow God but occasionally mess up, repent and try again. I love that the Old Testament is filled with witnesses of the mercy and love of God. He calls to his people to turn to him and obey his words, to keep their word that they would obey him. I've found I believe more firmly in God after reading in the Bible and all the instances where He delivers those who believe in Him and exercise faith in Him. I love the New Testament and it's many examples of how to live more like my Savior. It is encouraging and instructive. I love the book of James for the specific example of how to live with my neighbors as Christ would have me live. I love Ephesians chapter 4 and it's instructions for doing well in my vocation and how to speak with others outside and inside of my home. The Bible leads me to Christ and gives me many examples of others who were striving to follow Him. They were not perfect but they kept trying. I am not perfect but I keep trying. I feel I have friends in the Bible, though we are different in our times and talents and troubles and temptations - we are all seeking to pattern our lives after Jesus. Show more Show less